Disaster Response News

Call for special offering this Sunday for disaster response

From the Director of Connectional Ministries: Bishop Mike Watson joins with me in asking for a special offering to be taken this Sunday (or at a time appropriate for your church), to prepare for the work of disaster response after the storms that caused much damage on Wednesday night. Bishop Watson asks that your prayers and your gifts be directed to the victims of these storms, and is very thankful that our congregations have a strong and long history of generous response to these kinds of ...

Japanese Christians Begin Relief Work

(NEWSCOPE) The United Church of Christ in Japan has established a disaster relief center in the Tohoku District in northern Japan, which was severely affected by the Mar. 11 earthquake and tsunami. The Rev. Jeffrey Mensendiek, a United Church of Christ missionary who serves as director of youth ministries at the Emmaus Center in Sendai, helped set up the center.   The UM Committee on Relief (UMCOR) already has sent an emergency grant to the United Church of Christ in Japan, which is using the ...

UMCOR's Sagar Brown Depot Needs Cleaning Buckets

  The Conference Disaster Relief committee received word that UMCOR's Sagar Brown Depot is in great need of cleaning buckets (formerly called flood buckets). There are 2,000 empty buckets at the Disaster Relief warehouse in Austell. The cost is only $2 per bucket. If your church or group is willing to fill some of these buckets, contact the Disaster Relief warehouse at 770.739.9537 to make arrangements. Please note that the buckets must be filled with exactly the supplies on UMCOR's list. For ...

An update of UMCOR's relief efforts in Haiti.

  By Cynthia Fierro Harvey* Over the course of our 70-year history in relief and recovery work around the world—from Louisiana to Indonesia—the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) has learned that recovery following a catastrophic event takes time if it is to be effective. This has never been so true as it has been in Haiti since a 7.0-magnitude earthquake rocked the country on January 12, 2010. The destruction the earthquake caused is unprecedented, and our efforts in relief and ...

Disaster Response Volunteers Needed

The North Georgia Conference Disaster Response Committee has been coordinating and overseeing the rebuilding of homes damaged by the 2009 floods in Cobb and Douglas Counties since December.  Thirty-five rebuilding teams comprised of over 357 individuals from 9 states have completed 25 houses allowing the homeowners to move back in their homes.  However, the need to help other families still displaced from their homes continues.  There are at least another 80-100 homes in Cobb and Douglas ...

Disaster response team continues to help those in need

The Conference Disaster Response team loaded a truck last week with 26 pallets of health kits and six pallets of flood buckets, all assembled by North Georgians. Mike Yoder, chair of the North Georgia Conference disaster response team, encourages churches to continue kit assembly.  "We have about three thousand kits to be picked up this week.  Two of the three thousand were recently made and dropped off by one local church," states Yoder. "It's amazing to see such an outpouring of support for ...

UMVIM Collecting Contact Information for Those Interested in Traveling to Haiti to Assist in Disaster Recovery

At the request of UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief), UMVIM, SEJ (United Methodist Volunteers in Mission, Southeastern Jurisdiction) is collecting contact information for individuals interested in traveling to Haiti to assist in disaster recovery and humanitarian aid. Interested missioners can visit  and enter their contact information into the form on that page. This list of contacts will be activated as soon as UMVIM has news about scheduling a mission trip to ...

Disaster Response Team Begins Rebuilding

The heavy rains, and devastating floods, came and went in September.   And while the story moved out of the headlines weeks ago, it is far from over. The rebuilding will last many more months.   After spending more two months performing initial clean up, while continuing to assess damage resulting from the historic floods, the North Georgia Conference Disaster Response volunteers has only recently begun the rebuilding process.   “It may seem slow, but this has been a deliberate process,” stated ...

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